Step outside your home to a place where your family can relax, play, and entertain. Barks Road is passionate about creating timeless and sustainable outdoor spaces through landscape design, planning, installation, and management services for the greater Annapolis area. We design outdoor spaces that become an integral part of your landscape. Whether intimate or spacious, elegant or modern, classic or contemporary, we believe each homeowner can have a truly special oasis.
WHAT WE DO
Our lives and our families are reflected in our spaces. This rings true even more so in today’s world.
From concept to completion, we strive to create outdoor spaces that capture the needs, wants and dreams of our clients. Our cohesive, considered and inspired designs will amplify your connection to nature. We bring the highest level of expertise, commitment, technical ability and enthusiasm to every project. From a seasonal container garden to an expansive waterfront estate, we create, design and execute sustainable, environmentally sound, inspirational landscapes.
We provide complete landscaping services, including residential, commercial, and garden maintenance.
Gardens are ever-evolving. No matter how well-executed a design, strategy, or plan is, the true measure of success is how your garden is loved, enjoyed, and cared for over time. We create lasting relationships with our customers and their gardens, providing year-round horticultural excellence to ensure your property thrives. Enjoy the beauty of your landscaping and leave the management and maintenance
Eric Blamphin, RLA, Owner/Principal
Eric has a degree in landscape architecture, over 30 years of experience in the industry, and has been licensed in Maryland since 1996. In 2005, Eric founded Barks Road, named after his childhood home in upstate New York. He grew up surrounded by the pastoral scenery of a former dairy farm, and its natural beauty is influential in his designs. Customers trust Eric implicitly with his choices and vision. One of his many talents is his ability to let the style and character of the environment, its structures, and the people who will be using it, inform and inspire the landscape design.
Favorite Activity outside of designing: Vacationing with his wife and two sons.
David Warzyniak, ASLA
Originally from Pennsylvania, David has studied in New York, Brazil, and Puerto Rico and designed in New York and Pennsylvania before continuing his landscape architecture career here in the Mid-Atlantic Region. A degree in landscape architecture and years of work within the nursery industry has equipped David to assist clients in making smart and beautiful landscape decisions.
Bucket list item: Falconry; he has a great appreciation for the ability and instinct of raptors.
Hobby: Tasting and brewing new teas, and growing herbs to create his own blends from chamomile, lavender, mint and hibiscus.
Pedro can do, make, or build anything. His specialty is stonework, in particular he loves working with boulders and flagstones. Terracing, patios, and naturalized pool embankments are all part of his expansive repertoire. Pedro has been creating beautiful exterior spaces for Maryland companies for over 20 years.
Favorite Sports: Hard-core racing fan and a Madridista. (Madrid Football fan!)
Certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional
With nearly 30 years of experience as a designer and horticulturist, including owning and managing her own design/build landscape company, Missy provides a wealth of knowledge to Barks Road projects. Missy has a passion for the environment and conserving the Chesapeake Bay; she is a Master Watershed Steward, leading the way in reducing the harmful effects of polluted storm water run-off into our streams, rivers, and local watersheds. Her experience with native plants and natural drainage solutions, as well as her efficient management style and positive attitude makes her an important member of our operation.
Bucket list item: Bike and eat her way through Italy. Also, RV all around the US.
First car: Fiat (Fix It Again, Tony) – always had to spray ether into the carburetor to get it started.
Favorite Tree: Pecan, in her backyard
John Benoit, MLA
As the head of estate management at Barks Road, John brings 25 years of hands-on experience in the horticultural industry coupled with a masters of landscape architecture. An Anne Arundel county native, John has worked for landscape design and maintenance companies in New York City, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and the Netherlands. John’s extensive knowledge of design and proper garden maintenance — along with his ability to listen carefully to each client’s desires — has allowed our gardens to flourish.
Favorite tree: Stewardia pseudocamellia
Jessie has over 30 years of experience in the horticulture industry. Her background in floral and nursery adds a tremendous level of knowledge to her designs. Jessie is a marvel, approaching all her projects with creativity and passion. Seasonal container designs and front entrance decor are her specialties.
What Jessie loves about container gardening: “Think of a container as an introduction to the rest of the garden.”
The problem was a cluster development being built directly behind us in what had previously been a field of trees—Barks Road to the rescue! Landscape Designer David Warzyniak gave us a plan, which Barks Road subsequently implemented, that supplemented and meshed beautifully with our existing plantings using a combination of beautiful and healthy trees, shrubs, and perennials tailored to our site. His plant suggestions were creative yet ones that will thrive in our backyard environment. His carefully thought-out design included a path that draws the eye away from the development and makes the beholder focus on the path and the plantings surrounding the path. We look forward in the coming years to seeing David's plan become fully effective as the trees and shrubs become truly established. We highly recommend this very professional firm.